I see Jesus Christ as the ultimate leader. If you really want to learn how to lead, spend some time learning about what He did. Here are a few ways He shows leadership for me:
He wasn’t afraid to try new things
Great leaders aren’t afraid to do something that hasn’t been done before. They’re not afraid to be different. And they are certainly comfortable with it. Jesus, at the age of twelve was comfortable teaching those who seemed to be much wiser and definitely older than Him. In the Bible it says “they were astonished at his understanding and answers”. He knew early on that He was different and wasn’t afraid of it.
He led by example
There a many great examples of Jesus leading by example. I chose this one, because we all need baptism. He was humble enough to do things that He expected of others.
He gave everyone a chance
It’s apparent from many stories in the scriptures that Jesus knew a great deal about everyone He met. And yet, He never treated them with condemnation for what He knew. Everyone was approached with love and care.
He allowed people to experience things for themselves and learn from them
Do you think Jesus knew that Peter would lose faith when He tried to walk on the water? I think He might have. Yet, He let Peter have the experience and then asked him a question to help Peter learn more about himself. Wise leaders can see that those they lead might be about to hit a brick wall. They allow it to happen, let the natural consequences do the teaching and then ask questions that help create clarity and learning from what happened.
He was slow to condemn others
If anyone walked on the earth who had the right to judge others, it was the Savior. Yet, over and over again, we see Him approach sinners in a way that extends love and forgiveness. Most of us need do overs. At some point, we all mess up and need to start over. If the Savior, who was without blame can do it, so can we.
He taught his followers what to do when he was gone
A truly great leader’s influence is felt long after he or she is gone. Jesus trained His replacements. He prepared His apostles with what they needed to know to act on His behalf.
He did hard things
Truly, He did the hardest thing of all when he suffered and died for our sins. Leadership is not for those who lack courage or have no interest in serving others. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be afraid sometimes. Even Jesus asked to not suffer, as long as it was Heavenly Father’s will.
Your turn! What would you add to my list of reasons Jesus Christ is the ultimate leader?
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